Monday, December 26, 2011

Follow That Lead!

photograph from Find-A-Grave with the permission of Bud Gross
Henry B. Wismer - 2nd cousin 2x removed of husband

Several weeks ago I wrote about our new genealogy angel Bud Gross. Bud has allowed our family unlimited access to information on the Find-A-Grave website.

For many years I have been trying to unravel the mystery of this particular Henry Wismer. With the number of Henry's in the line it seemed almost impossible. Until now! Browsing the collection I found the correct headstone for Henry B. Wismer

Having the birth and death dates has led us to Henry's Civil War records. We discovered him serving with the 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry.

With research I found websites PA Roots: 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and Civil War in the East: 50th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment detailing unit history. These sites give the movements from enlistment in Harrisburg to mustering out near Georgetown.

We now know my husband's ancestor was part of the battles at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Spottsylvania and Petersburg.

Also, mentioned is a monument dedicated September 17, 1904 to the regiment. The statue is located in the Antietam National Battlefield.

Our family has visited Antietam for many years. We may very well have taken photographs of the monument not realizing it represented an ancestor's service during the Civil War!

This is my favorite part of genealogy. Discovering the bits of information that lead you to exciting family history.


  1. Great post. I can feel the excitement of 'following that lead' to unravel another bit of family history!